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Today's News

  • Kershaw’s Christmas on Main is Monday night

    KERSHAW – If a horse-drawn carriage ride, a chat with Santa and a dose of yuletide entertainment will get you in the holiday mood, you’ll find all three in Kershaw on Monday evening.
    The town of Kershaw will host its second-annual Christmas on Main celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. on Hampton Street.
    “Christmas is getting close… only four weeks away,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “We hope the weather cooperates so everyone can come out and enjoy themselves. We’re really looking forward to it.”

  • Local band Sugarshine debuts CD in crowd-pleasing show at Chastain’s

    The Red Rose City was rocking to smooth reggae last weekend, as more than 40 people streamed into Chastain’s Studio Lofts on Main Street to hear Lancaster’s five-man band Sugarshine.

    The roots reggae ensemble are lifelong friends and range in age from 27 to 44. The members have played in various bands together through the years. But this combination seems a bit magical to them.

    “We knew we had something special,” said Stuart Parsons, 41, keyboard player. 

  • Ex-LHS star Ron Trapps comes back home to work for nonprofit

    Former Lancaster High star basketball player Ron Trapps has returned to Lancaster after earning two college degrees to give back to the community where he was raised.

    Trapps, 24, is Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault’s new Engaging Men Project coordinator.

    The result of a three-year, $346,680 federal grant, the Engaging Men Project aims to educate young men on sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. The grant will fund training, forums and annual men’s conferences.

  • 2nd horse shot dead at Panhandle ranch

    For the second time in six years, Robbie and Julie Dunn have found one of their horses shot dead at their Panhandle ranch.
    The Dunns said someone shot their 28-year-old gelding Boss in the side of the head with a small-caliber weapon the morning of Nov. 18. The bullet did not kill the horse for hours, and its suffering and collapse were captured on surveillance video.
    Julie Dunn said she found Boss lying on his side dead near the barn at their ranch on Old Church Road when she went to feed him and his five stablemates that afternoon.

  • Clippers go silent after half century on Grace Avenue

    Francis Faile opened his one-chair barbershop on Lancaster’s Grace Avenue in 1967, and he was still cutting hair there up until nine weeks ago.
    A small-business institution in the Erwin Farm community, Faile died Tuesday, two months after what he thought were kidney stones turned out to be inoperable cancer. He was 92.
    “He was content and never lost his great smile,” said his son, Frankie Faile. “Daddy would greet you with a smile and leave you with a smile.”
    Faile said his father never once grumbled about his diagnosis.

  • County: 9 IL subdivisions may have to repair their own streets

    County officials have given the developers of nine Indian Land subdivisions a Dec. 31 deadline to file required letters of credit that would allow the county to take their streets into the county system.
    If they don’t, the subdivisions’ homeowners associations will take on permanent responsibility for all road maintenance.
    “The HOAs are gonna get ’em, which will irritate a lot of homeowners,” said County Attorney John Weaver. “They bought into these subdivisions believing the roads would be taken in the county.”  

  • Bus driver protects kids, takes bite from a pit bull

    A Lancaster County school bus driver was bitten by a pit bull Wednesday morning on J.B. Denton Road after the dog slipped through the closing bus doors.
    The driver was able to finish her route, which picks up Lancaster High students, and was later taken to urgent care to be checked.
    “She’s going to be OK,” said Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director. “She did a good job of keeping that dog away from other kids…. That was her primary goal and responsibility.”

  • LHS basketball game will use metal detectors tonight

    The Lancaster County School District, in an effort to send a message that schools are safe after school hours, will have metal detectors set up for the first time at a basketball game during Lancaster High’s home game tonight.
    This effort is the start of random metal-detector checks at school activities.
    LCSD Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said the district has had no threats about after-school activities or for this particular game against Andrew Jackson High.

  • Giving Tuesday benefits local Outreach Project

    The Lancaster County Outreach Project participated in the Giving Tuesday campaign for the first time this year, with a goal to raise $5,000 for protective services and children in foster care.
    “This is an opportunity for Lancaster to come together to donate to a cause that’s dear to many people’s hearts,” said Lauren Kornegay, LCOP coordinator. “I am very excited because this is our very first Giving Tuesday campaign, but it won’t be the last.”

  • Choo-choo Christmas

    Joe Silien
    For The Lancaster News

    The annual holiday railroad display at Sun City Carolina Lakes is getting a huge makeover this year – a new layout more than twice as big as the one visitors have enjoyed for the past eight years.
    The track gangs have been busy setting up the new railroad in the lobby of The Lake House. Gone is the 8- by 10-foot train board and the tightly packed O-27 gauge track layout. In its place is phase one of a much larger display.